We recently purchased a 1987 Ninja 250r. She is in pretty bad shape but after a new coil and some patience she turns over and rides nice. other than a slap that we have pinned down to the cam tensioner and chain there are no major mechanical problems. Now seeing as how she was previously owned by someone who loved to drink and ride there is a mile long list of things wrong. i love everything about this year bike, but some things are hard to come by much like a lot of these older bikes.
what i would like to know from my fellow ninja owners is if anyone out there can give me a few suggestions on the following (be it somewhere to get parts or a way to fix the ones i have):
both exaust are completly shot. between poorly placed bore holes, to rusted dings and rocks shots there is no saving these, theres a slim chance to cut them down and spare pieces.
the entire left side foot peg/ exaust bracket was smashed and poorly band aided. enough that the rear peg is bent to hell. the only guy we found to have one on ebay charged double for the left than the right and then when we inquired he changed the price to higher than his original asking bid.
the bracket that holds the right handle bar to the triple tree is bent. we are considering clip ons under the triple tree.... is this recommended?
the headlight randomly decides when it wants to work... wiring dissection pending, but has anyone else encountered this problem?
clutch does not engauge in reserve... seeing as how gauges are a luxury and this one has all but the gas this could be a future problem.
she came to us with no air box or battery tray. well the battery tray was refabbed out of a license plate. and there were 2 pod filters put on that came off before we could even attempt to examine how they were attached.
theres no wind screen and no hope of finding one has anyone else done anything cool with the windscreen area?
the part that i am saddest she is missing is the belly pan. someone please help me out on this one!!!!!!
and finally my last point on this rant is the tank. the one i have is fine but the shape is a little weird. i like the way the front end looks with no plastics and they cover the tank. i was considering having my dad make me a fiberglass shell but this wont happen until me and my bike take a 20 hour train ride and a 4 hour drive to his house... not to mention im going to have to leave her with him until its done and then pray amtrak doesn't scratch it on the way back. anyone have a suggestion otherwise? we also thought of bon-do and patches on the odd parts but there is an air release valve right on the top that just gets in the way.
so you can see theres a lot going on here. any little tips and tricks you have will be greatly appreciated. as mechanically inclined as my boyfriend and i are we sometimes over think things and simple solutions go right over our heads